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PMANE Opposes American Plant at Mithi Virdi

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  • S. P. Udayakumar
    People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) Idinthakarai 627 104 Tirunelveli District koodankulam@yahoo.com 9865683735,
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 21, 2013
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      People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
      Idinthakarai 627 104
      Tirunelveli District
      9865683735, 9842154073                                                                              February 21, 2013
      PMANE Opposes the American Nuclear Plant at Mithi Virdi, Gujarat
      The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) vehemently opposes the American nuclear power park that is being set up at Mithi Virdi, Gujarat. The American reactor vendor Westinghouse signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) in 2012 to construct six AP1000 units at the site.
      The people of Mithi Virdi, Jaspara, Mandva, Khadarpar and other neighboring villages are opposing the project and in the past they forced the survey engineers to leave the project site. However, NPCIL is planning a public hearing on March 5, 2013 at Ghogha taluka’s Navagam (nana) in Bhavnagar district. We request everyone to attend this public hearing and express their support to the struggling local people. They may record their opposition to the project by submitting a formal letter signed individually with his/her name, full postal address and signature. The protest leaders should keep copies of all these letters as the public hearing organizing authorities hide public opposition when they file their final report.
      Some of us in PMANE have already visited Mithi Virdi and the nearby villages and participated in public meetings against the planned nuclear power park. Some members of the PMANE Expert Team who have been helping us with the Koodankulam struggle are ready and willing to offer their expertise to the Bhavnagar people in opposing the American project on scientific basis. We request the local activists to get in touch with us if they are interested in having our input in their struggle against the American annihilation plant.
      The PMANE appeals to the Government of India and the State Government of Gujarat to put the interests of Indian citizens ahead of foreign governments’ and their MNC’s interests. Let us not think and act like colonized slaves but behave like independent leaders and find alternative solutions for our energy needs.
      The Struggle Committee

    • S. P. Udayakumar
      The Idinthakarai Experience: Best Practices in Peaceful and Nonviolent Protests   Indefinite hunger strike of a huge group of people including women and youth
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 26, 2013
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        The Idinthakarai Experience:
        Best Practices in Peaceful and Nonviolent Protests
        Indefinite hunger strike of a huge group of people including women and youth
        Relay hunger strike – every single day 10 am to 5 pm
        Inviting a prominent political, religious or cultural leaders for day-long hunger strikes
        Meeting officials and submitting memorandums
        Dialogue with government officials, scientists and others
        Organizing seminars on nonviolence, democracy, development etc.
        Organizing massive conferences
        Organizing all party meets
        Having political leaders meet with the Chief Minister, Prime Minister etc.
        Inviting supporters from all over the country for solidarity public meetings, hunger strikes
        Reaching out nearby villagers and youth with outside volunteers and campaigners
        District-wide teach-ins
        State-wide agitations
        Nation-wide campaigns
        Sending back voter identity cards
        Boycotting elections
        Supporting a specific party/candidate in the elections
        Asking the local MP, MLA to resign and facilitate by-elections
        Observing Independence Day as Black Day
        Refusing to accept government schemes
        Refusing to let government officials into our villages
        Laying siege in front of the nuclear plant entrance
        Preventing workers from entering the workplace
        Laying siege to harbors
        Laying siege to the State Assembly
        Blocking trains
        Blocking roads
        Organizing continuous agitations of various types for a week/month
        Burning national flags of visiting international leaders’ countries
        Burning effigies of visiting leaders
        Bandh all over the district/state (future plan)
        Agitations in distant towns and villages
        Bike rally through neighboring villages and towns
        Rallies to nearby towns and villages and agitations in those places
        Congregating in a particular village and rallying to a nearby village or town
        Commemorating national and international leaders’ births and deaths
        Remembering activists’ deaths and sacrifices
        Ringing Church/Temple bells and congregating people
        All night religious vigils
        Organizing yagnas and special poojas
        Prayer meetings
        Candle light processions
        Celebrations such as “Asserting Freedom, Celebrating Resistance”
        Celebrating religious festivals
        Celebrating cultural festivals
        Composing and singing struggle songs
        Poetry recitals
        Guarding the village entrances
        Guarding the struggle leaders’ residence
        Collecting signatures on petitions
        Writing letters to embassies
        Writing letters to human rights organizations
        Writing letters to international organizations
        Floating letters on the sea
        Sending ‘Thank You’ letters to international supporters
        Non-cooperation movement
        Refusing to let rooms and houses to nuclear plant workers
        Refusing to sell food stuff to nuclear plant workers
        Congregating on the sea
        Singing and dancing on the beach
        Marching on the seashore
        Human chain on the seashore
        Boycotting fishing
        Jal-satyagraha (striking in neck-deep waters)
        Burying ourselves in the sand
        Living in cemeteries
        Shaving heads off
        Wearing black shirts and/or black ribbons
        Deserting the village temporarily (future plan)
        Burying “time/history capsules” all over the state (future plan)
        Women canvassing support in villages and towns
        Women leaders travelling to distant places all over the country
        Women speakers speaking in public meetings and campaigns
        Women braking alcohol bottles and driving away bootleggers
        Women abstaining from sex and pregnancy to convince their menfolk
        Women meeting District Collector and submitting memorandums
        Women holding press meet
        Sending children on marches and rallies
        Children writing thousands of postcards to authorities
        Children meeting District Collector and submitting memorandums
        Children submitting memorandum to the Chief Minister at the Secretariat
        Children visiting foreign embassies and submitting memorandums
        Children holding press meet
        Children boycotting school
        Youth organizing cultural programs
        Youth organizing colleagues in neighboring villages
        Youth guarding the village, roads etc.
        Empowering women with newspaper and book reading during hunger strikes
        Publishing Newsletters
        Publishing handbills, pamphlets, booklets, books
        Organizing photo exhibitions
        Painting walls with specific protest messages
        Pasting posters
        Email campaigns
        Social Media campaigns and canvassing
        Forming social media friends’ circles
        Internet-based streamlining, live telecast, documentaries etc.
        TV interviews
        Radio interviews
        Magazine interviews
        Regular Press Releases and Updates
        Filing cases with the High Court
        Filing cases with the Supreme Court
        Filing cases with the National Green Tribunal
        Using court appearances of prisoners for campaigns
        Legal education campaigns
        Organizing blood donation camps
        Organizing food donations
        Serving meals for campaigners
        Replacing round bulbs with CFL bulbs
        Supporting ‘New Energy’ schemes
        Promoting solar panels
        Promoting windmills
        3P Principle: Purity, Patience, Perseverance
        3H Policy: Never Hurt, Harm or Homicide
        3T Formula: Things Take Time
        3O Strategy: Organize, Organize, Organize
        Compiled by
        S.P. Udayakumar
        February 26, 2013

      • S. P. Udayakumar
        March 7, 2013   The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) Idinthakarai & P.O - 627 104 Tirunelveli District Tamil Nadu koodankulam@yahoo.com  
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 6, 2013
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          March 7, 2013
          The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
          Idinthakarai & P.O - 627 104
          Tirunelveli District
          Tamil Nadu
          Dr. Pankaj Tandon
          Central Public Information Officer
          Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
          Niyamak Bhavan
          Mumbai 400 094
          Dear Dr. Tandon:
          Greetings! We, the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, would like to request the following information under the RTI Act 2005 please:
          [1] How many members are there in the AERB Observers Team (AOT) observing the various commissioning tests at the KKNPP? What are the various Safety Committees that review the various commissioning tests? What are the various Specialist Groups (SGs) of AERB? Please give us the names, designations and their immediate supervisors of the AOT members, the safety committees’ members and the SGs’ members.
          [2] How many members are there in the AERB Advisory Committee for Project Safety Review (ACPSR)? Who are they?
          [3] Who exactly in the “AERB” review the reports of the AOT members, the safety committees and the SGs? Are they part of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) of India?
          [4] Was there any radiation found and measured in the inner containment chambers of KKNPP-1 following the post-IFL heat up of Reactor Coolant System? How much was it and why did it occur?
          [5] What are the differences, discrepancies and deviations between the first hydro tests carried out in KKNPP-1 and the repeat hydro tests done in February 2013?
          [6] Please give us a copy of the Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) that has been carried out as part of the ongoing consenting process at KKNPP-1. Are you going to set up radiation measurement points around the KKNPP? Where exactly will they be set up?
          [7] What are the exact design and safety differences between the VVER-1000/390 reactors originally planned for the KKNPP and the VVER-1000/412 reactors that have actually been erected at Koodankulam?
          [8] Is it true that the Diesel Generators at the KKNPP 1 and 2 are on 0 (zero) meter height? If so, why?
          [9] How long will it take to complete the fresh water back-up tank that is being constructed at the Koodankulam project? Please give all the details such as the number of tanks being constructed, their storage capacity etc.
          [10] Why did the Indian nuclear authorities shift the exact sites for the KKNPP 1 and 2 reactors that had been chosen by the Russian nuclear experts? Please give us all the available information about the KKNPP 1 and 2 siting issues.
          [11] Are the various local instruments and the control panels in KKNPP marked in Russian language? How do the Indian officials and workers deal with this kind of foreign language and foreign technology issues? Will there be Russian experts available throughout the operational life of KKNPP 1 and 2?
          [12] Why do DAE officials, NPCIL officials, and the Government of India ministers keep on announcing different commissioning dates for the Koodankulam project? Is the AERB aware of all these irresponsible and reckless announcements? Does the AERB take any steps to curtail this kind of unsafe behavior that affects the citizens’ sense of safety and security?
          May I ask for copies of the above document/s under the RTI Act of 2005, and request you to send me the information within 48 hours as stipulated in Section 7(1) of the RTI Act since this matter is related with the life and liberty of the local people please. I am enclosing an IPO for Rs. 10 as the required RTI fee.
          Looking forward to hearing from you soon, I send you my best personal regards and all peaceful wishes.
          S. P. Udayakuamr, Ph.D.
          Coordinator: PMANE
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